Henning Mankell

Secrets in the Fire

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The extraordinarily moving story of a young girl who steps on a land mine in Mozambique, and her indomitable will to survive.

'It was the most dangerous thing she could have done. But Sofia was only playing - pushing and shoving and laughing with her sister as they ran out to the fields one pearly dawn. Sofia didn't mean to step off the path. She didn't mean to tread on the monster, the monster that lurked, waiting, under the ground.'

Secrets in the Fire is based on the true story of an indomitable young girl in war-torn Mozambique. In beautifully spare, unsentimental language, Henning Mankell tells how Sofia transcends the brutality and horror that have shattered her childhood, and builds a new future out of the ruins of her life. But if it hadn't been for the strength she drew from the fire, from the secrets she saw in the flames, Sofia might not have found the courage to survive.

A deeply moving and unforgettable story.

Henning Mankell is a well-known writer of novels and plays in Sweden.

Anne Stuksrud was born in Sweden but now lives in Australia. She is a trained teacher, a writer and a student of psychology.

Category: Young adult fiction
ISBN: 9781865081816
Awards: Commended New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age List 2004 US; Winner Sankei Children's Publishing Culture Award 2002 JP
Publisher: A&U Children's
Imprint: A & U Children
Pub Date: May 2000
Page Extent: 168
Format: Paperback - B format
Age: 13 - 16
Subject: Young adult fiction

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